Blue Nile SWAT models setup using QSWAT Workflow v1.5 and QSWAT GUI

Resource type: SWAT Model Instance Resource
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Created: Aug 25, 2018 at 8:15 p.m.
Last updated: Aug 30, 2018 at 4:09 p.m.
DOI: 10.4211/hs.88454dae8c604009b684bfa136e5f7f4
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Most catchment modelling software use a Graphical User Interface (GUI) to allow direct manipulation of the models and adapt to specific case studies. GUI is generally easy to use for novice users but opens sources of irreproducible research. We present a workflow (QSWAT Workflow) that promotes reproducible SWAT model studies while remaining user-friendly for both novice and expert users. We applied this environment to the Blue Nile catchment and show that it yields the same results as using the QSWAT GUI. The workflow includes benefits in rebuilding earlier model configurations and implementing changes to existing setups while saving time. The project can still be viewed and modified in the GUI. We conclude that workflows can help reduce cases of irreproducible catchment studies and offer benefits for researchers building upon existing models including opportunities for catchment model setup with cloud computing without losing interoperability with GUIs. This workflow is on GitHub:

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Coordinate System/Geographic Projection:
WGS 84 EPSG:4326
Coordinate Units:
Decimal degrees


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Model Output
Includes output files? No

Executed By
Name Unspecified

Model Objective
SWAT model objectives Hydrology, Testing New Software

Simulation Type
SWAT simulation type Normal Simulation

Model Input
Warm-up period in years 2
Rainfall time step type Daily
DEM resolution in meters 300
DEM source name blue_nile_300_dem.tif


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CHAWANDA, C. J. (2018). Blue Nile SWAT models setup using QSWAT Workflow v1.5 and QSWAT GUI, HydroShare,

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